Early Aluminum Luftwaffe Buckle w/ Dual Maker Marks


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Like badges during the Third Reich period, company’s would run low on supplies while producing items and order them through another provider. When dealing with badges, we know some of these examples as “variants.” This example is an early 1939 dated Aluminum buckle produced by the uncommon maker Adolf Baumeister, Lüdenscheid, The buckle has very sharp details and no damage to the reverse hardware. The reverse shows this firms makers mark. The interesting factor is the original period sewn leather tab dated 1937, produced by Dransfeld & Co., Menden. To find such a combination really doesn’t happen too often. There are a handful of buckles I have found while researching that had this unique feature, all of which had Dransfeld tabs. Possibly extra stock that was sold off to other manufacturing companies, nobody will know. That being said, the buckle and tab are without a doubt original to one another.